Gear Review: Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit

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Several years back, I took a class at the SIG SAUER Academy where one of the instructors made a brief statement that fundamentally changed my views on modifications made to firearms. The essence of it was, “Any modification should help you shoot the gun better. Anything that you have to fight has to go.” That advice slowed my urge to mod every gun I acquire unless that change was going to help the gun help me. Grip modifications for polymer framed handguns were relatively new to me at that time, but the more I’ve played with stippled pistols, the more I’ve found that I like a grippier texture. The problem was the price, the lack of customization, and the wait. For better or worse, Oregon Trail Defense has provided a solution to those problems . . .

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Shadetree Gunsmithing: Rebarreling a Savage LRP

IMG_0995Many years ago, my father in law bought one of the very first Savage LRPs chambered in .243 WIN. He topped it with a really nice Leupold scope and then started a new position at work that severely interrupted his ability to have free time for shooting. Fast forward a few years, and the rifle was still languishing in his safe. There were precious few factory loadings that the LRP liked, and the ones it did like were not very good at flying out to the 1000 yard line, the primary reason he bought the gun. A rebarrel was in order . . .

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Gear Review: Seekins SP3R V3 Handguard

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Saturated doesn’t begin to describe the world of AR-15 accessories. Within the hand guard market alone, there are hundreds, if not thousands of options available to the consumer. We’ve tried to review as many of them as we can, but at some point, it all starts to look the same. Free float? Check. Full-length Picatinny rail along the top? Check. KeyMod or M-LOK? Check and check. To stand out at all, a hand guard has to really be different. With its home plate-like shape, Seekins SP3R V3 is nothing if not different . . .

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Gear Review: HPR Ammunition

45 auto HPR Ammunition in the Ruger Redhawk revolver shot well.

By Bob Shell (seriously) [via Ammoland.com]

With the demand for ammunition, many new companies have sprung up to meet the needs of the marketplace. One of the newer companies: HPR Ammunition located in Payson, AZ. They advertise that everything is made in the US. That is a refreshing change. They offer the most popular handgun rounds plus the 223, 300 AC Blackout and the 308 all in various loadings. HPR needs to provide a reason to buy their brand such as an attractive price, high quality, or a good selection of bullets . . .

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Gear Review: CMMG PDW .22 LR (9″ Upper)

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As I was finishing up my review of the CMMG .300 BLK PDW I realized that I really needed to stop being cheap and give the federal government $200 for the privilege of registering a short barreled lower with the ATF. The minute I slammed the AMEX and hit submit, I found a whole new world of guns to look at. Given that the .300 BLK upper had been such a good deal, I started at CMMG’s website. I quickly locked in on their MK4 PDW .22 LR, a nine inch barreled upper chambered in .22 LR . . .

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Gear Review: Odin Works 10.5″ .300 BLK Barrel

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I’m a bit of a Johnny Come Lately to the world of .300 BLK. Our boy Leghorn is all about it, and has been since the beginning, but I’m a bit of a late adopter. Namely, the 300 BLK really only shines in a NFA length barrels equipped with a silencer. I had to do a bit of paperwork to do it right, but once that cleared, I went searching for a barrel. Given my success with their Intermediate barrel, my first call was to the fine folks at Odin Works for one of their 10.5 inch barrels

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Gear Review: Short Action Precision Positional Sling

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Spend enough time with people of the gun, and the topic of shooting with the aid of a sling will inevitably bubble up. I was indoctrinated early by virtue of knowing Mr. Leghorn, an accomplished Olympic smallbore shooter, who spoke highly of the leather slings being turned out by the fine folks at Turner Saddlery. I bought one, and fell in love with the added stability. The downside, and one you can see if you ever get to watch Nick get into his zen place, is that it takes quite a bit of time to get in (and out) of a “traditional” sling with a cuff. Enter the Short Action Precision Positional Rifle Sling….

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Gear Review: TUOR Sights MKII

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There’s no shortage of BUIS — back-up iron sights — on the market, as long as you’re happy to choose fixed, flip-up, or offset versions. But with the TUOR Sights — both their MKI and MKII models — you get all of those in one. The same folding sights can orient straight up and down to co-witness with an optic, or can be rotated 45° in either direction for offset use to the right or the left . . .

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Gear Review: Atibal Velocity 1-4x Free-Floating Crosshair FFP Scope

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There are a ton of good “budget” scopes in the 1-4X magnification range available for right around the $300 mark. So at $575 (street price) the Atibal Velocity Free-Floating Crosshair FFP might seem wildly overpriced. But that’s not what Atibal sees as their competition. The new company is trying to punch above their weight here, going up against rivlas like the Vortex Razor HD II which runs north of a grand. If they can give scopes like that a run for their money, they have a real shot at making a name for themselves in the optics market. It looks like the new company’s off to a good start . . .

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Gear Review: ProSounds M-Series Electronic Muffs

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Until we get European-style suppressor laws and any Tom, Dick or Harriet can walk into their local gun store an walk out with a suppressor the same day, shooters will have to protect their ears. And even then. If you’re shooting indoors or even with suppressed larger calibers outdoors, you still have to make sure your ear drums aren’t traumatized. The best way to do that (while still hearing things in your environment and/or carrying on conversations) is with a pair of dynamic over-the-ear electronic muffs. They let you hear normal level sounds while blocking the noise spikes. ‘But they’re expensive!’, you say. Au contraire, mon frere . . .

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